Disney Vacation Club Properties Reopen at Walt Disney World Resort

Disney Vacation Club (DVC) properties at Walt Disney World have reopened to guests for the first time since March. New health and safety policies have been put into place in accordance with local government and Center of Disease Control guidelines so that the Vacation Kingdom can continue the phased reopening of Disney Parks and Resorts in central Florida. If you've got questions, we've got a great round-up of articles that will let you know what's going on at the reopened Walt Disney World Resort Hotels.

Disney Vacation Club Properties Reopen at Walt Disney World ResortDisney Vacation Club Properties Reopen at Walt Disney World Resort

DVC Resorts were the first of the popular Disney hotels to reopen after the long closure, but if plans continue to stay on track more resort hotels will be opening soon. While Disney has already acknowledged the fluidity of the current climate, the following dates set a timeline for other properties to resume operations:

  • July 10th: Disney's Pop Century Resort, Disney's Contemporary Resort
  • July 29th: Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort
  • August 12th: Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, Disney's Art of Animation Resort
  • August 24th: Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resorts
  • September 21st: Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
  • October 1st: Disney's BoardWalk Resort
  • October 14th: Disney's Coronado Springs Resort

It's worth noting that this list doesn't include all of the Disney owned hotels on property. Disney's All Star Resorts, Disney's Wilderness Lodge, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge (non-DVC), Disney's Port Orleans Resort both French Quarter and Riverside are still yet to be given reopening dates. The Shades of Green Resort has also postponed its reopening date.

Disney's Bay Lake TowerDisney's Bay Lake Tower

Our friends over at the Disney Food Blog spent some time at the reopened hotels to discover just what the current state of operations is and how it effects the travel experience.

Guests are greeted with signs reminding guests of increased health and safety standards posted near the entrances of each resort, but they discovered that there was no mandatory temperature at the hotels that guests need to go through.

Health And Safety Signage At Entry PointsHealth And Safety Signage At Entry Points

Points of contact such as cash registers in shops and computer stations at the front desk have been outfitted with plexiglass shields to reduce direct contact between people during transactions that need to be completed in person. Lobby seating has been moved to accommodate physical distancing between groups of guests.

While Disney is offering the opportunity to chat with a Front Desk Cast Member via the MyDisneyExperience app the process is not exactly as seamless as it sounds. To save time you may just want to pick up your resort phone and give them a call if you need help.

Disney's Riviera Resort Lobby Check-inDisney's Riviera Resort Lobby Check-in
Physical Distancing In The Riviera LobbyPhysical Distancing In The Riviera Lobby

Inside the guest rooms not a lot has visibly changed, but there are a couple of noticeable differences such as the lack of decorative pillows, plastic wrapped remote controls, and a small table sign explaining the new enhanced cleaning procedures undertaken by housekeeping.

Inside A Reopened Disney Hotel RoomInside A Reopened Disney Hotel Room
High Contact Points Are Being Sterilized and WrappedHigh Contact Points Are Being Sterilized and Wrapped

Self-service laundry facilities are in operation for guests without any changes to their operations.

The DFB also discovered that grocery delivery is still available and remaining the same when you have your groceries delivered to the Bell Desk at the your resort hotel.

Guest Laundry Operations Available As NormalGuest Laundry Operations Available As Normal

Pools at the DVC resorts are operating fairly normally at the moment. Hours have been reduced at feature pools, and new capacity limitations have been made for all pools to allow for social distancing to take place. Groupings of lounge chairs have been spread out with 6 foot apart distances between them, and there is signage asking guests not to move the lounge chairs. Guests are not required to wear masks while swimming or lounging, but depending on your resort you may be asked to wear one while walking around the pool area.

Physical Distancing On The Pool DeckPhysical Distancing On The Pool Deck

Thanks so much to our friends from the Disney Food Blog for sharing their findings with us and allowing us the exclusive use of their images. If you're wondering what else they discovered head over to their website now to learn about 6 Surprises We Didn't Expect at Disney World's Reopened Hotels as well as a look inside the shops, restaurants, and what's happening with transportation.

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